Coronavirus: Royal Caribbean offers key workers free cruises in the UK

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Royal Caribbean is offering key people free cruises across the UK to thank them for their efforts during the Covid pandemic

  • Royal Caribbean revealed that 999 cabins would become available this summer
  • Employees in emergency services, NHS, social care and armed forces
  • Those wishing to apply must register on the cruise line’s website to cast their vote

Royal Caribbean has offered key people free cruises across the UK as a token of their appreciation for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.

About 999 rooms will be donated to workers in the emergency services, NHS, social care and armed forces.

Those wishing to sign up for the trips must register on the cruise line’s website to enter a voting round.

The firm’s Anthem of the Seas vessel will depart from Southampton from July 7.

It will operate ocean cruises as well as travel along the British coast, visiting destinations such as Liverpool, Belfast and the Orkney Islands.

About 999 rooms will be donated to workers in the emergency services, NHS, social care and armed forces.  In the photo, the firm's Anthem of the Seas ship will depart from Southampton on July 7

About 999 rooms will be donated to workers in the emergency services, NHS, social care and armed forces. In the photo, the firm’s Anthem of the Seas ship will depart from Southampton on July 7

Sailings are available for UK residents who have received both doses of a coronavirus vaccine and for children with negative test results.

All crew members are fully vaccinated.

Since July 9, 2020, all holidaymakers have been advised not to take a cruise due to the pandemic.

But maritime minister Robert Courts recently told MPs that domestic cruises could be allowed from May 17.

Michael Bayley, CEO of Royal Caribbean, said: “The UK is a place that we hold dear at Royal Caribbean.

It will operate ocean cruises, as well as travel along the UK coast and visit destinations such as Liverpool, Belfast and the Orkney Islands (pictured)

It will operate ocean cruises, as well as travel along the UK coast and visit destinations such as Liverpool, Belfast and the Orkney Islands (pictured)

It will operate ocean cruises, as well as travel along the UK coast and visit destinations such as Liverpool, Belfast and the Orkney Islands (pictured)

Vaccines against the coronavirus are being prepared on March 27 at Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire

Vaccines against the coronavirus are being prepared on March 27 at Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire

Vaccines against the coronavirus are being prepared on March 27 at Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire

‘We miss our British guests and are just as eager as they are to return to Southampton cruising.

‘We are delighted with the recent announcements from the UK Government regarding cruising and delighted to be sailing again with a phenomenal vessel and favorite like Anthem of the Seas.

“After a difficult year, we all need a vacation, but none more so than the emergency services, the NHS, the social care sector and the armed forces who are given the long-awaited opportunity to get away with peace of mind and relax.”

A number of other cruise lines offer summer vacations for UK residents, including P&O Cruises, Cunard, MSC Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Saga Cruises.

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